PUTNAM COUNTY, TN (December 11, 2018): This morning a multi-agency drug operation conducted in Putnam County has resulted in the arrest of five people.
On December 7, the Putnam County Grand Jury indicted 35 individuals for illegal drug activity. The men and women indicted are between the ages of 18-60 years old, and their charges range from sale and delivery of marijuana to sale and delivery of heroin, methamphetamine, oxycodone and Subutex.
These indictments and arrests are a direct result of the diligent undercover work of multiple law enforcement agents.
Participating agencies and organizations include: DEA, Office of the Inspector General, TBI, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Cookeville Police Department, US Marshals Service and the 13 Judicial Drug Task Force.
Sheriff Farris has a message for anyone conducting illegal drug activity in Putnam County,
"Illegal drug activity will not be tolerated. Anyone involved in such activities will be found out and arrested."
NASHVILLE, Tenn., (December 10, 2018) -- Gas prices in Tennessee continue falling like autumn leaves. The state average has declined the past 59 consecutive days for a total of 52 cents.
Sunday's state average of $2.17 per gallon is 7 cents less than last week, 34 cents less than last month, and 9 cents less than this time last year.
"Gas prices in Tennessee could drop another 5-8 cents this week, but should level off soon," said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA - The Auto Club Group. "Pump prices are close to catching up with the recent crude price plunge. However, oil prices are beginning to increase, after OPEC announced a production cut agreement on Friday. Regardless, drivers should continue to enjoy low gas prices through the end of the year, unless oil prices suddenly spike."
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Oil Prices Edge Higher on OPEC Production Cut Agreement
At the close of Friday’s formal trading session on the NYMEX, WTI increased $1.12 to settle at $52.61 per barrel. Oil prices rallied Friday after the Organization for Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) announced that beginning in January 2019, the cartel – alongside non-OPEC members, including Russia – will reduce combined crude oil production by 1.2 million b/d. The cut will be in place for six months and will use October 2018 as a baseline, a time when OPEC and Russia had less crude output than in November. With the announcement, crude prices will likely increase in 2019 ahead of the higher demand driving season next summer. Increased crude prices will likely lead to higher gas prices, given that approximately 50 percent of the cost motorists pay at the pump is based on the cost of crude used to make gasoline.
In related news, EIA’s report for the week ending on November 30 revealed that crude inventories decreased by 7.3 million bbl after 10 weeks of consecutive growth. Total domestic crude inventories now sit at 443.2 million bbl, which is approximately 5 million bbl less than their level at this time last year. Declining inventories contributed to the increase in crude prices this week, and if the trend continues, prices could climb further.
AAA Launches Fuel Rewards® Program for Members
AAA members can now save even more money at the pump, thanks to a new Fuel Rewards® program with Shell. Members who sign-up at AAA.com/Shell, can save up to five cents per gallon (on up to 20 gallons) through December 31, 2019, when filling up at participating Shell branded stations across the United States. Members who register for the first time will save an additional 25 cents per gallon (on up to 20 gallons) on their first fill-up through January 31, 2019. Before providing payment when filling up, members will see prices roll back at the pump after they enter their Fuel Rewards® Alternative ID, which is typically a phone number.
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Tennessee Senior U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander is praising the work of his retiring colleague, Senator Bob Corker.
Alexander says the two made a good team,
“Because when the approached the Corker staff and the Alexander Staff or either of us, I think the found that one plus one equaled three, not two, and that the people for whom we worked are the beneficiaries,” Alexander says.
Letting an L-G-B-T group use a meeting room has resulted in both criticism and support for the Putnam County Library. The event reportedly featured a children’s story hour hosted by a drag queen. Library officials say it wasn’t a library-sponsored event.
Following the death of an adult non-Tennessee Tech Student, the university has issued a cease of chapter operations to the university’s chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Pending an investigation, the chapter is not allowed to hold any activities other than meetings with advisers present.
Cookeville Police continue to investigate the death.
Cookeville High School will play host to Cleveland tonight in basketball action. Game-time has been moved to 5 o’clock, and you can hear the play-by-play on News/Talk 107.7 and 1400 The Hub.
Cookeville’s Christmas, postponed from Saturday night due to weather, is scheduled for tonight. With the theme “A Cookeville Storybook Christmas,”
the parade is scheduled to start at 7 o’clock.
A change made by the city council to the pension plan for Cookeville will apply only to future city employees.
Mayor Ricky Shelton says the new plan will look more like business’s plan:
“The Tennessee Consolidated Retirement system added a hybrid plan, and it simply makes it sustainable for the future for the next 20-to-30 years and tries to help not create an unfunded liability,” Shelton says.
There’s more reason than ever to give to the Cookeville Rescue Mission bell-ringers.
Executive Director Bruce Bailey says they’re expanding their services.
“If you choose, we’ll help you for the next 12-to-18 months, and it’ll be according to your ability to succeed,” Bailey says. “Our goal is then that people will have changed lives.”
Ranger Brad Halfacre has been named as the new Park Manager at Edgar Evins State Park. Brad is the son of a prior park manager, Carl Halfacre. He’s a graduate of Upperman High School and Tennessee Tech